I hope you are all returning to your schools both rested and energized for the year ahead!
I am certain that you are filled with creative ideas on how to meet the needs of your students, staff, and community. Please know that AASSP is here to help support you and to let your community know that great schools do not exist without great principals!
We have two outstanding Alaska Principals of the Year to recognize: Adam Mokelke, from Burchill High School in Wasilla, has been chosen as our 2014 High School Principal of the Year; and Heather Stewart from Ryan Middle School in Fairbanks has been chosen as our 2014 Middle Level Principal of the Year.
Both principals will be honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals in September at the National Principal of the Year Institute in Arlington, VA. They will also be recognized at our state-wide conference luncheon in October.
Adam has been selected as one of the three principals in the running for the National Principal of the Year. Having had the honor of sitting on the other side of the table as NASSP’s president during the selection process I can assure you that the competition is fierce and one does not easily rank this high. Congratulations Adam, and good luck!
As AASSP is also a member of the Alaska Council of School Administrators, we want to welcome their new executive director, Lisa Parady. From my conversations with Lisa I can say that I am excited about our expanded partnership as we strive to create opportunities for support and influence for Alaska’s educational leaders. Welcome aboard!
In order to also recognize our youngest leaders, AASSP will also be expanding our partnership with the Alaska Association of Student Governments. Look for a number of our student leaders at our upcoming state-wide conference.
Politically, both statewide and nationally, we will continue to take back the conversation on education. Mary McMahon, our president-elect, spent time in Washington, D.C., this summer meeting with national legislative representatives on our behalf. Her insights on her trip appear on our website.
Our 2014 fall principal’s conference, “Telling Our Story,” will be held Oct. 19 – 21 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. We will be “Telling Our Story” through courageous communication, inspirational leadership and sizzling social media.
Plan on attending our annual Sunday night dinner, featuring our auction to support the Larry Graham scholarships for our aspiring principals. Scholarship applications and more information about the event will be posted later this fall.
Are you interested in serving the members of AASSP? We will have positions open on our Board of Directors and I welcome all of you to look at the opportunity to make a difference for your colleagues throughout Alaska. Specific positions available will be posted later this fall.
Lastly, our membership link is up on the website. A big “thank you” to those who have already begun to renew their memberships.
There is no greater influence in a school than that of the principal. No matter what the state of politics, our students are coming to school every day and YOU make the difference in their lives, now and into the future.
All the best,
Executive Director, AASSP